Fly Yoga – NOW!

This 6-week program will combine the tools of yoga science (physical posturing, meditation and breathing techniques) with group discussion and a blend of yogic and Western psychotherapy to provide participants with relief from their chronic pain.  Classes will meet weekly.

Classes will be held at Fly Yoga School in Vineyard Haven

Contact: Kristine Leone, LICSW (508) 397-8433

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Saturday, July 30th – Dr Kim Lewis to Speak in West Tisbury

Dr Kim Lewis speaks this evening …

“New Approaches to Combat Lyme Disease”

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

West Tisbury Free Public Library

Kim Lewis, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, as well as Director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center in the University’s College of Science.  His areas of expertise include antimicrobial drug tolerance, drug discovery, and microbial biotechnology.

Professor Lewis and his team have received worldwide attention recently for their discovery of the antibiotic, teixobactin, which kills bacteria without any detectable resistance.  Now Dr. Lewis is targeting the bacteria that cause Lyme, honing a pulse-dosing antibiotic strategy to kill the persistent cells that trigger the chronic form of the disease.

Print out the FLYER.

See you there!

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Massachusetts Lyme Insurance Bill – Fact vs Fiction

From the Massachusetts Lyme Legislative Task Force:

In anticipation of Governor Baker’s veto, we updated our previous advocacy document “Fiction versus Fact,” and have sent it to every state legislator to encourage them to support an override:

FICTION VERSUS FACT

In view of Governor Baker’s veto of this vital legislation, we want to clarify some misconceptions about H4491 and to remind you of the following factual information. We hope that this will be help to sort out truth from error in suppositions about the bill.

FICTION #1: Legislators should not pass this bill because they are not qualified to practice medicine.

FACT: This bill does NOT legislate treatment. On the contrary, it enables licensed physicians to make treatment decisions based upon their best clinical judgement, without interference from third-party insurers.

It simply bridges the gap between the physician’s prescription of long-term antibiotics (defined as anything greater than one month), already protected by state law, and the patient’s ability to pay for it through insurance. This approach incorporates both physician judgement as well as patients’ values, consistent with the principles of evidence-based medicine.

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MV TIMES: “Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease”

Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease” | by Barry Stringfellow | The Martha’s Vineyard Times | July 13, 2016

This past Friday, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, attending physician at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown (SRH) traveled to one of the nation’s front lines in the public health battle against Lyme disease to speak to a group of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital physicians. “I wanted to do this presentation by Skype because of all the ticks you have here,” she joked.

Dr. Zubcevik was at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (MVH) to speak at grand rounds, a weekly meeting of clinicians, which on this day was open to the public, resulting in an overflow crowd at the Community Room just off the hospital lobby.

Over the course of the hour, she shared the most recent findings that she and her colleagues have made on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, in particular on the 10 to 15 percent of patients who suffer long-term symptoms, defined by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). She discussed the protean nature of tick-borne diseases, the importance of public awareness, and the urgent need for the medical community to step up its game.

“Graduating medical students and doctors really aren’t educated about the gravity of this epidemic,” she said. “There’s a gap there that needs to be filled. We’re all responsible to educate our young doctors about what this entails.”

Dr. Zubcevic said the recent revelation that actor, singer, and songwriter Kris Kristofferson was cured of dementia once he was properly diagnosed with Lyme disease should be a lesson for medical professionals on how pervasive the disease is, and how often it is overlooked.

“Sudden-onset dementia should really be a red flag for Lyme [disease], especially in people with compromised immune systems,” she said.

“Everyone over 50 has a compromised immune system.”

Dr. Zubcevik said that doctors and parents should know that Lyme presents differently in children than it does in adults. “71 percent of the time, headache is the most common symptom in children,” she said. “Mood disturbance, fatigue, and irritability are also frequent symptoms in children. If they are acting out in school all of a sudden, get them tested.”

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